Stolpestad History Scholarship

The Stolpestad History Scholarship is being created by James Armer Stolpestad and Merrie Wayne Stolpestad in recognition of the University's importance to them and the entire Stolpestad family over four generations in Minnesota.

The Stolpestad Scholarship will provide major funding ($5,000) to a History Major who commits to undertake research projects or courses of study that generate written works and/or other means of presentation, which describe persons, events, enterprises, discoveries, or other accomplishments that originated or took place in whole or in part in Minnesota or that were strongly influenced by Minnesota ancestry, residency, education, employment, or other circumstances.

Application Procedure & Eligibility Requirements

Applications for the Stolpestad Scholarship must meet the general department requirements for scholarships as well as these additional requirements as noted below: 

  • A detailed plan of study of no more than five pages for the scholarship and a description of its importance to the applicant's career. This is the most significant part of the application and should demonstrate the importance and feasibility of the proposed plan of study. Please include a proposed budget.
  • A biographical statement (500-1,000 words) including a brief statement of your accomplishments as a student of history.
  • A letter of reference from a historian at the University of Minnesota.

Past Recipients

  • Kaitlyn Larson (2022 - 2023)

    • “Secrecy and Suppression: Stories of Minnesota’s negligent, incorrigible and delinquent children and the facilities that shaped them, 1868-1998.”